The Bronze Medal

The sun has got his hat on, hip hip hip hoorayyy! I’ve not posted any beloved Aldi products lately have I? I’ve gotta say I am so impressed with everything I have tried from their beauty range so far. It’s all an incredibly affordable price and actually does what it claims to do! Their make up and skincare products are both really good ranges. I went in the other day just to buy a bit of ham for the old sandwiches but couldn’t resist those metallic cages in the middles of the aisles containing their seasonal goods…

 They had so much stuff I wanted to try including a new range of anti ageing skin case in packaging similar to the new Boots Botanics range I’m lusting after (which I have purchased some of and will write about soon!). Alas I have more moisturiser than a L’oreal warehouse so I thought I’d buy something I have never bought before – fake tan!

The Lacura Body Bronzer Self Tanning gel boasts quite a range of ingredients!  Cocoa Beans and Goji Berry extract sound good to me and for £3.99, even though it’s slightly more than I would of liked to pay, I thought I’d give it a whirl. I am so pale I avoid fake tan on purpose, I remember trying it at a teenager and it just went bright orange on my skin. I think nowadays though there’s more of a range on the market and they tend to be actually more brown than orange. I was intrigued about how this particular one would look on me and a bit concerned as there was only one type and it didn’t come in light or dark variants.

In the tube there is a clear gel with a brown hue to it, it’s not sticky at all and absorbs really quickly into the skin. The smell is very subtle and doesn’t smell overly of, well, anything really. Just that typical sunny product smell but very minor. I exfoliated my knees and elbows thoroughly in the bath, and then smoothed over some sudocreme on these little rough places ready to apply to gel. I think the sudocreme was a great idea as it acted like a thick barrier to prevent the gel settling in the crinkles and I successfully prevented any orange patches in them!

BUT on the first application on my legs I did manage to create a massive streak on both! I applied it to my arms as well though (forgetting to remove my watch but that was clearly on purpose to show you the colour difference, honest) and they have turned the loveliest lightest shade of golden, which is just what I wanted. I think the mistake I made in application was rushing and therefore didn’t rub it in properly/remove watches and things, but now I know for next time and thankfully I tried it during the terrible weather last week so it’s faded slightly now! I’m now a bit more open to trying fake tan as I know they don’t have to make me orange. This gives me the result of around day 3 of using Johnsons Holiday Skin, and I use the light variant of that, for reference! Have you tried any budget tanning products you would recommend?

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  1. July 25, 2012 / 11:19 am

    I'm a big fan of self tan (I'm not a fan of the term fake tan, as it implies a fake colour, that's just me being picky lol).
    I'm surprised the tan took over the sudocrem. When ever I use a barrier cream, I've always read to avoid creams with mineral oil as this sits on the skin and prevents the tan from absorbing into the skin, a plant oil cream instead just dilutes the colour in the dry areas.
    Not sure if it's true but I also read that mineral oil can affect the colour but I think this depends what other chemicals are used in the product
    Andy x

    • July 25, 2012 / 8:54 pm

      I don't think it 'took' so to speak over the sudocream, I rubbed it in kind of with the sudocream if you get what I mean? And because it's so thick it settled in the creases and prevented the tan from going in, if that makes sense! Then kind of blended together around the knee's. Because it's a lighter shade of tan it worked very well, not sure so much for darker ones though!

  2. July 24, 2012 / 10:51 pm

    Ooo this looks great! I'm always scared to use fake tan incase I go orange! I'm usually so pale that even the lotions with gradual tanner in make me look like I've been tangoed …

    Now I'm older and, apparently, wiser I may just have to try this one. Any excuse to look at the beauty shelves in my local Aldi 😉

    Louise x

    • July 25, 2012 / 8:52 pm

      If you don't get this you'll be sure to find something else to buy! So many interested products!